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National Children's Mental Health Week presentation
Parent Connections showing the film Temple Grandin
What is Extended School Year services (ESY)?
Summer drama camp for kids with autism
Mindful Parenting Workshop
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National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week | May 6-12, 2012

Stigma, lack of awareness and misinformation cause too many children to miss out on treatments that can change their lives. Though 15 million children in the United States have psychiatric and learning disorders, very few of them will be identified and get the help they need. That is why each May, we take the time to Speak Up for Kids-to let the world know that silence and shame are not options.
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May 2012


Hello Evanston CASE members,


The 2011-2012 school year is in the home stretch.  As you evaluate your child's progress and make plans for the fall, be sure that you feel confident that your child's needs are being met appropriately.  Also, read below about what extended school year (ESY) services means.  If you have questions or concerns, call us.  We can help.

May 6th -12th is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week.  Evanston CASE will be providing a free presentation called, "When to Worry About My Child's Worries" to address the issue of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Read more below.


We will have our final Parent Connections meeting on May 17th.  This will be our last meeting of the school year. We will be offering Parent Connections again monthly from September to May.  This was our first year offering Parent Connections and we would like your feedback.  Were the meetings helpful?  Were there other topics you would have been interested in?  Send us an email to let us know how we can improve the program.  


CASE is available year round to assist you.  Feel free to contact us over the summer.


Warm regards,


Cari Levin, LCSW

Founding Director




National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
CASE presents: "When to Worry about your Child's Worries" on May 11th.

Speak Up for Kids



May is National Mental Health month, and May 6th -

12th is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week.


Evanston CASE is participating in the "Speak Up for Kids" campaign sponsored by the Child Mind Institute.  


Cari Levin, LCSW will give a presentation called, "When to Worry about your Child's Worries", addressing anxiety in children and adolescents.  She will talk about the signs and symptoms of anxiety, school refusal, social anxiety disorder and more.


Boocoo Cafe, Friday May 11th, 7-9 p.m.


Contact CASE to reserve a ticket at

or (847) 556-8676.  A donation of $5 per ticket will help us defray the cost of providing this presentation. 


REMINDER: Parent Connections Thursday, May 17th

The Parent Connections meeting will be held on Thursday, May 17th from 7-9 p.m. at Boocoo Café, 1823 Church Street.  


We will be screening the movie, "Temple Grandin".  This award winning film starring Claire Danes as Temple Grandin, tells the story of Ms. Grandin's early life through adulthood as she struggles to cope with her autism at a time when it was misunderstood.


 Claire Danes

Don't miss this wonderful film!


Contact us if you plan to attend.

(847) 556-8676


Claire Danes as Temple Grandin
What is Extended School Year (ESY)?

If your child qualifies for extended school year (ESY) services, make sure you know what that means.  ESY is not the same as summer school offered to general education students.  The term extended school year is written into the regulations of the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) . 


ESY means special education and related services that are provided to a child with a disability beyond the normal school year of the public agency.  ESY can be used to recoup regression (a decline in knowledge and skills that can result from an interruption in education), or catch the child up to where he/she should be if IEP goals weren't met during the regular school year.  This would include ancillary services such at OT and speech. But, that isn't the only qualifying requirement for determining eligibility.


The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) defines specific requirement that IEP teams must follow when determining the need for ESY.  For more information about the ISBE regulations click here Scroll down to #12 in the document to read more about the difference between summer school and ESY.  The District 65 summer school program for general education students does not qualify as ESY without implementation of your child's IEP.

Summer Drama Camp for Kids with Autism



August 6, 2012 - August 17, 2012

9:00am to 3:00pm, Monday-Friday



St. Joan of Arc School - 9248 N. Lawndale Ave, Evanston



Early Bird Discount until May 15, 2012, $1,400 per camper, 

After May 15, 2012 the cost will be $1,600




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A Mindful Parenting Workshop with Dr. Alexandra Solomon, The Family Institute
"Mindfulness" is an ancient practice used by people around the world to increase their sense of well-being, and has recently grained a great deal of momentum in its application to parenting.  Mindful parenting is a commitment to modeling for our children an attitude of curiosity, acceptance, patience, and compassion.

Workshop description:

"In this one-day workshop, we are not going to be talking about adding more to our already full plates.  We will instead explore how we might move differently in (or "show up" differently) for our full and hectic everyday lives.  We will talk about parenting our children from a mindful place in order to cultivate and deepen the parent-child connection."

When: Wednesday, May 23rd 7-9:30 pm or Thursday, May 31st, 10- 11:30 am.
Where: The Family Institute, 666 Dundee Rd. Suite 1501, Northbrook
Fee: $20; sliding-fee scale available upon request.

Advance registration is required.  Space is limited.  Open to parents only.

Contact: Dr. Alexandra H. Solomon at (847) 733-4300 ext. 797 or